Friday, December 29, 2017

New Mick Hargreaves Music Video coming early 2018

We are looking at a new music video from Mick Hargreaves for this song, "Crystal Ball", a co-write with Joe Delia, shot and edited by JTiL, in the early part of 2018.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Photo of the Day - 1966 Ampeg Gemini II Guitar Amp

The recent arrival and rehab of a 1966 Ampeg Gemini II all-tube guitar amplifier (right) spices up the comfy front parlour guitar amplifier corner here at the recording studio, ready to go as of this week on the first floor. There's already smaller Vox ACTV4 and Sears Silvertone amps in isolation booths next to the control room, and giant guitar rigs can be isolated in the basement.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Micing The Baby Grand Piano

Artist Anthony Maragni comes in today for tracking with pianist/producer Mark Mancini, who will play the 1929 Hazelton Brothers (NYC) piano. Small & large diaphragm condenser pairs, a pair of PZM's under the lid, and a 57 "in the hole".  They won't all wind up in the mix, but I like the coverage for different flavors that each song may want.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

New Buddy Woodward offering "Little Blue Sky" Mixed at LSRR

"Little Blue Sky" by Buddy Woodward (Nashville TN) was mixed by Mick Hargreaves at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig. Buddy co-wrote this one with Tim Stafford (of the powerhouse bluegrass outfit Blue Highway).

(Buddy Woodward, Tim Stafford)
© 2015 Spatua Ranch Music (SESAC), Daniel House Music (BMI)
Buddy Woodward: Lead vocal, guitar, mandolin
Matt Daniels: Harmony vocal
Pete Green: Drums
Mick Hargreaves: Harmony vocal
Mike Levine: Dobro
Aaron Malone: Fiddle
Zachary Mongan: Banjo
Sav Sankaran: Upright bass
Recorded at Lantern Sound Recording Rig, Manorville, NY;
Spatula Ranch, Nashville, TN; Arrow Sound Studios, Fletcher, NC
Engineered by Mick Hargreaves, Buddy Woodward, Matt Daniels
Mixed by Mick Hargreaves
Produced by Buddy Woodward & Mick Hargreaves

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Live On The Farm" Acoustic-Based 
House Concert Series - Fall 2017

8PM SAT OCT 14 Rob Europe w/Julia King

8PM SAT NOV 11 Astronauto w/ Claire Raby
8PM SAT DEC 09 Free Grass Union  w/ special guests

Mick Hargreaves opening set at all shows

$15 Suggested Donation. Some snacks, beverages provided; guests are welcome to BYOB and/or dish to pass.

RSVP a must to receive location & directions: / studio 631-909-3424
Facebook Event Pages

SAT 10/14
SAT 11/11
SAT 12/09

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Colin The Intern Records the 1966 Fender Precision Bass

It was Colin The Intern's first day today at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig today. One of the things we ran through was recording the electric bass, using a mic'd amplifier and a DI channel simultaneously. Colin played the bass, too. This is a snippet of his performance of "Suffer" by the Smashing Pumpkins.

1966 Fender P-Bass (flatwound strings)
Ampeg 1964 B-15N Portaflex bass amplifier
Heavy-gauge plectrum

Left channel - passive Radial JDI
Right channel - Shure SM7B microphone on Ampeg amp.
Preamp - ART MPA Gold, dual channel, Tung-Sol 12AX7 tubes.
I/O - Echo Audiofire12 Interface
DAW - Logic / Mac OS

We'd rarely mix bass with the DI panned to one side, and the mic channel panned to the other. It's usually a blend of both up the middle. But by panning these two tracks hard left and right, it's easy to hear the difference between the DI and the microphone. Stay tuned for more from Colin the Intern!

Mick Hargreaves

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Photo of the Day

New LSRR business cards and sticker being sent to the printing plant.


business card front

business card back

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Performers: @AliveAfterFive_ ARTS STAGE #Patchogue #AA5Patch THU JUL 20 5pm

The Alive After Five Arts Stage enjoys its second 2017 edition THU JUL 20, 2017 at 160 W. Main Street, Patchogue NY, and the theme this week is Women in The Arts. Start time is 5pm. Avoid traffic/parking challenges - Please consider using the Alive After Five Shuttle to get into town for this huge street fest.

Stage director is Dorene Rose, host is Mick Hargreaves, and the sound / staging is provided by the Lantern Sound Recording Rig.  Seating will be available.

Area visual artists are invited to attend and create their art, live, in the grassy area around the stage. There is NO FEE. Check in with Dorene Rose when you arrive. There are featured artists, and everyone else is welcomed to join in.

5 PM - The COSMIC PIONEERS consist of Leah Kay and Dave Grube.

The band was formed early January 2016. Blending guitar and mandolin on an eclectic mix of songs gives them a unique sound. Not to mention how their voices blend in intricate harmonies. They actually sound like one voice. The CP are currently writing original music. Come listen!!

5:45 PM - Marie Smulczeski 
15 Min Spoken Word Performance

Marie is an astrophysicist with a research emphasis in Dark Matter. You can find her first published work in the e-zine, "I Want You To See This Before I Leave." She considers her poetry to be somewhere in the realm of cosmic science psychedelic prose, and writes to to shed light on realms we forget exist beyond the common perception.


6 PM - Based out of Greenport, New York. JULIA KING is a Singer-Songwriter with Folk, Blues, Country, and Rock & Roll roots.

The songs from her first EP "The Morning After" will have you blushing, laughing, and crying from start to finish.


6:45 PM - Kelly Powell 
15 Minute Spoken Word Performance 

Kelly J. Powell is a poet native to Long Island.  She currently curates the long running poetry series at bj spoke gallery in Huntington. She loves what she does and does what she loves.  

 7 PM - New Jersey native, KATIE PEARLMAN began playing drums at age 10, and it wasn’t long before she was playing in a band and recording on her first album. 

On her recordings, it is typical to find Katie playing drums, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and of course singing. Find her newest releases here:

We are excited to add that Katie will be joined by incredible instrumentalist/vocalist RICH LANAHAN at this show!

7:45 PM - Barbara Ann Branca
15 Minute Spoken Word Performance

Barbara Ann Branca is a performance poet, science writer and jazz singer. She has read and sung original works on National Public Radio and has featured in NYC and Long Island cafes and at the Walt Whitman Birthplace taking first place in a 2010 poetry competition. Her poems appear in several anthologies and she can often be spotted singing at the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook or Bobbique in Patchogue on jam nights!

8PM - People hearing RORIE KELLY for the first time often comment, "I can't believe that voice came out of that body." 

She's been compared to Joni Mitchell and Sara Bareilles for her catchy-confessional songwriting style, and to Alanis Morisette and Janis Joplin for her raw powerhouse vocals. Rorie's debut release, Wish Upon a Bottlecap, received airplay across the nation. Her followup live CD, Sincerely Live, featured knockout performances of brand new songs and fan favorites. Rorie is currently working on a new studio release called Rising Rising Rising, and a women's empowerment project called Songs to Start a Fire.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tonight's performers @Aliveon25 Arts Stage THU JUL 13 2017 @eastendarts #AO25 #Riverhead #

The Alive on 25 Arts Stage enjoys it's first edition EVER tonight, THU JUL 13, 2017 on the grounds of the East End Arts, in Riverhead NY USA.

Stage director is Dorene Rose, host is Mick Hargreaves, and the sound / staging is provided by the Lantern Sound Recording Rig.

Seating will be available, and area visual artists are invited to attend and create their art, live,  in the grassy area around the stage. There is NO FEE. Check in with Dorene Rose when you arrive.

 5PM - MARK MANCINI: On faculty at The East End Arts, Keyboardist Mark Mancini is a natural, having been a part of the Tri-State Blues scene since the early 70's. He has brought his own style of blues to such luminaries as Chuck Berry, Little Buster, Todd Wolfe, Johnnie Allen, Peter Conway, Bill Sims, Dianne Lotny, and a variety of original projects. Influences are mind-boggling: Otis Spann, Roosevelt Sykes, Pinetop Perkins, Detroit Junior, Johnnie Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Allen Toussaint, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Jon Cleary. R'n'B groups such as The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, the Coasters, the Platters, the Drifters, and Ronnie Spector have relied on his blues feel for authenticity in the R&B shows. Mark's life's work, a book called "The Proper Way To Play The Piano", can be purchased by contacting him directly:

5:45 PM - Spoken Word performance by Nina Yavel

6PM - JULIA KING: Based out of Greenport, New York. Julia King is a Singer-Songwriter with Folk, Blues, Country, and Rock & Roll roots. The songs from her first EP "The Morning After" will have you blushing, laughing, and crying from start to finish.

6:45 PM - Spoken Word performance by Mellissa Longo

7PM - ROBERT BRUEY grew up in rural New England and lives on Long Island’s North Fork. His roots and how they have helped to shape him are reflected in the original music on his recently released CD, 'Carousel', and are even more evident during a live performance. Robert Bruey’s music is honest and real, raw and meaningful, gritty and naturalistic. His deft, spare and unique finger-picking style -- with notes carefully left alone to be heard in the moment -- provides a perfect complement for his earthy and soulful voice and the meaningful, introspective lyrics of his songs. As a musical artist, he paints with words -- imbuing his songs with imagery that enables listeners to visualize his stories as he sings them.Although he cites such diverse artists as Dave Matthews, Van Morrison, Waylon Jennings, Jackson Browne and Damien Rice as influences, Robert Bruey is his own muse blazing his own musical path – one that should lead him into listening rooms and living rooms far and wide.

7:45 PM - Spoken Word performance by Courtney Lee

8PM - Dan Horton is a singer, guitarist, and writer likes to play music that shakes, grooves jumps, shimmies and sways. He is a primary instigator in "The Rainy Day House Painters" a loose collective of like like-minded performers including Scott O'Hare, Sandy Hendrickson, Dan Reyburn and brother Josh Horton. FILE UNDER: Rock, Blues, Folk, Swamp Jazz.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

About the Performers on the @AliveAfterFive_ Arts Stage: THUR JULY 6 2017 #AA5Patch

We kick of the Arts Stage Summer Season in Patchogue tonight for the first of four ALIVE AFTER FIVE editions. We will be located at 150 W Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772, in front of the Sixth District Court Building, between the Tap Room and The Blue Point Brewery Stage.

Riverhead, we will see you THU JUL 13 at Alive on 25!
Director: Dorene Rose
Host: Mick Hargreaves
Sound: Lantern Sound Recording Rig

Here are our music and spoken word peformers tonight.

5PM - Mark Lawlor: Mark doesn’t consider himself a “musician” but more so, a songwriter! His roots were grounded in traditional Irish ballads, but his guitar-dominated songs and intricate lyrics have metamorphosed into a style somewhere between quality pop to a sort of grunge folk, or “acid folk” as he likes to call it! He worked in the past with UK producer Jez Coad on his debut album 16b Fade Street. Resident in Ireland he commutes to the US regularly and gigs with local Long Island musicians Anthony Liberatore, Jeff Marshall and Alex Sarkis under band name The Undecided.

5:45 PM - Nathaniel Watts:  Spoken word performer. vintage vinyl dealer and author of Everyday Writing:A Deconstruction of the Human Hive, Nathaniel Watts has been a mainstay on the Metro Area performance circuit since his Everyday Writing project began back in March of 2011. Whether it's him performing with his band iAmnot or one of his dynamic solo sets that earned him celebrity status at Manhattan's Bowery Poetry Club, Watts takes a stage armed and ready to unlaod his daily observations of modern society. He releases them in a powerful empathetic way that's become dubbed as high Wattage. Everyday Writing: A Deconstruction of the Human Hive is Watts' first book and has spread globally. Readers have called it everything from cryptic gibberish to a deep and real wake up call.

6 PM - Bryan Gallo: Bryan's highly anticipated debut album, The Party Guest, was released on October 23rd, 2014.  Pete Mancini of the Bellerose, NY based Alt-Country band Butchers Blind served as producer for the album with the entirety of Butchers Blind serving as the backing band.  The album was recorded and mixed in a remote East Hampton cottage by Mick Hargreaves via his Lantern Sound Recording Rig, and doesn't stray from Bryan's singer/songwriter sensibilities all while stacking on some true Rock and Roll.  The Party Guest is a defining statement that encompasses several genres and shows promise for this up and coming Singer/Songwriter.

6:45 PM - Pete MC2: Pete Mc2 is the current torch bearer for the muse exchange a collective of visual, musical and spoken word artists who specialize in pushing the limits of creative output. His first book " the edge of and observable universe" is due out any minute now.

7 PM - Free Grass Union: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. - Oh, The Places You Will Go! (Dr.Suess)

7:45 - Steven T. Licardi is the author of "Death By Active Movement" (Local Gems Press, 2013), is an actor, spoken word poet, motivational speaker, activist, and therapist from Long Island. Steven uses performance to engage in political discourse in order to positively impact communities and to bring about social change. He believes in the power of the arts to teach empathy, love, altruism, and compassion.

8PM - Rob Europe is a blues guitarist mesmerizing audiences wherever he appears.Long Island's 2014 International Blues Challenge representative plays with an expertly executed Piedmont style upstaged only by a voice so soaked in soul it comes as no surprise that musical mastery runs in the young bluesician's family. Europe is the great-grandson of Jazz Hall-of-Famer James Reese Europe of the Harlem Rattlers; ragtime music and the Clef Club Orchestra. An ancestral connection gives context to how deeply this rising young musician – whose unique, gravel-laden vocals jibe perfectly with fingers that pluck notes as powerfully as they wield a slide – bleeds the blues, particulary the pre-war country variety.

Friday, June 16, 2017

ARTS STAGE Performance Schedules for 2017 Alive After Five, Alive on 25 Festivals Announced

The performance schedules of the Arts Stages at the Alive After Five (Patchogue) and Alive on 25 (Riverhead) Summer Festivals have been released.

Dorene Rose - Stage Director;  Mick Hargreaves - Host;
Lantern Sound Recording Rig provides Art Stage sound/staging.

Alive After Five (Patchogue NY)
THUR 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17

Alive On 25 (Riverhead NY)
THUR 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24

Vote for Crushing Violets to perform in WEHM Battle of the Bands

Vote Here. As many times as you like.

Where dreams and fate collide...
Last day to vote is June 18th. Battle of the bands happens at Bobbique (Patchogue) on Thursday June 22, and the winner will perform at Patchogue's Great South Bay Music Festival in July.

Their song "Starless Sky" was recorded and mixed here at the LSRR.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Listen to the new Anthony Maragni release "Obliteration City"

Dropped today, June 2, 2017 on Bandcamp!

Recorded at Lantern Sound Recording Rig
All songs written and composed by Anthony Maragni
Produced and arranged by Anthony Maragni
with Mark Mancini and Mick Hargreaves

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Mick Hargreaves
Photography by Shannon Stiggins
Vocals - Anthony Maragni
Piano and Keyboards - Mark Mancini
Guitar and Bass - Mick Hargreaves
Drums - Tom Curiano

Alive on 25 Street Festival (Riverhead NY) adds Arts Stage at East End Arts - LSRR Provides Sound

GREAT NEWS: For their 2017 edition, the Alive on 25 Street Festival in Riverhead NY has added in an Arts Stage at East End Arts, with Dorene Rose directing stage operations; sound and staging are provided by the Lantern Sound Recording Rig. The acoustic-based music stage will be hosted by Mick Hargreaves.

Like the already successful edition of the Alive After Five Arts Stage in Patchogue, the immediate area surrounding the stage is to be filled with area visual artists working  their craft in real time, collaborative murals, and sketch models. For the Riverhead edition, featured artists will be selected from East End Arts creators; The Fringe Festival theater group will be featured on July 27.

DATES: THURSDAYS July 13, 27, Aug 10, 24

Check the Alive on 25 Facebook Page. for updates.

See the Sag Harbor Express profile of area musicians for Mick's discussion about Alive on 25 Arts Stage.

Gallery & Offices:
133 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901

LSRR returns to Alive After 5 Music Festival (Patchogue NY) - FREE SHUTTLE Announced

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig will again provide sound for the ARTS STAGE at ALIVE AFTER FIVE (Patchogue, NY), directed by Dorene Rose, located in front of the Suffolk County 6th District Court Building at 150 W Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772.

The acoustic music stage will be hosted by Mick Hargreaves. The immediate area surrounding the stage is to be filled with area visual artists working at their craft in real time, with collaborative murals, sketch models, and featured artists.

ADDED DATES: Arts Stage comes to Riverhead's Alive on 25 for 2017!

SHUTTLE NEWS: For this year's Alive After Five®, festival organizers don't want you worrying about traffic or where to park—TAKE THE FREE SHUTTLE ! It picks up and drops off at the St. Joseph's College NY and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parking lots continuously from 5 to 11 p.m. on July 6, July 20, August 3 and August 17.

For the latest updates on the festival, search #AA5Patch and follow the AA5 Facebook Page.

Proudly presented by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Listen to the single "Lost Faith" from Anthony Maragni's debut album "Obliteration City"

The full project premieres next Friday, June 2nd via Bandcamp. Featuring ten original songs, it will also be available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iTunes, etc. soon after.

Recorded at Lantern Sound Recording Rig
All songs written and composed by Anthony Maragni
Produced and arranged by Anthony Maragni with Mark Mancini and Mick Hargreaves
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Mick Hargreaves
Photography by Shannon Stiggins

Vocals - Anthony Maragni
Piano/Keyboards - Mark Mancini
Guitar/Bass - Mick Hargreaves
Drums - Tom Curiano

Friday, May 12, 2017

Snakes On a Floor

So. This is a seemingly boring image of "Snakes On A Floor"...

...but it's so much more than that. As you can see from the snake on the top, The Lantern Sound Recording Rig, which takes up nearly the entire first floor, has twelve inputs (through a variety of mic pre's into Logic), with two headphone mixes sent back to the floor.

The sixteen channel snake on the bottom is the new thing in this old three-story farmhouse. Those inputs run all the way up to the finished third floor loft, where George Howard (Sound of Music Studios, Richmond VA [where David Lowery/Cracker were mustering out of], Bay Burger's weekly "Jazz Jam" series, rebroadcast on 88.3 WPPB - FM 88.3FM) and his "Retro Sound" analog mixing room are now ensconced. That boasts a 24x8x2 Soundcraft mixing console (the one Beck used for "Odelay"), a Protools DAW, and a bunch of outboard hardware processing, EQ, and effects units that we want you shake a stick at! When we lay in an additional 8-channel snake, 24 inputs can go all the way upstairs from the first floor. (Pinch me).

Earlier this week, George did a drum tracking session on the first floor, recorded into ProTools on the third floor, right through the console. This maiden voyage of the studio link-up went swimmingly. We're pumped.

In a matter of days, I will be adding a Logic DAW deal up there, so analog mixes can be digitally sourced that way as well. Stereo mixes from either studio can be routed to any and all digital destinations, or to the Ampex 440 1/4" reel-to-reel that's located between the two rooms in the spacious stairwell.

We're ALL about the analog front end. It's critical, in our estimation. Then there's the incredible comfort that sets us apart. We're the closest thing around here to Big Pink, but with better gear. That said, we've even got the Big Pink "Basement Tapes" mic preamps that were used on every darn thing that made it to tape when Bob Dylan and the Band were hanging out doing their thing.
Read that paragraph again. We're the only ones around here fitting that description. More fun details on that soon. There's a lot of history to research there, and I want to get it right.

Why haven't you cut your basic tracks here yet, and then taken the sessions home to do overdubs? Why haven't you taken what you've already recorded to mix here? Well, you didn't know yet - but now you know.

We have tons of ways to save your budget bottom line. The workflow must necessarily evolve to let the artist accomplish things without breaking the bank, or breaking up the band. Let's talk.

Thanks, everyone. Let's make things, and most importantly, let's make a difference in your art.


Monday, May 8, 2017

"Live On The Farm" #Houseconcert SAT JUN 10 8p George Mann, Mick Hargreaves

It's Miller Place High School Alumni Music Night, as GEORGE MANN and MICK HARGREAVES perform in an intimate setting at the first Lantern Sound Recording Rig "Live On The Farm" Acoustic House Concert Series of 2017 on June 10th at 8pm. We are located in the Long Island Pine Barrens, near Exit 70 of the Long Island Expressway. DJ JTiL will entertain everyone after the live performances. Doors 7pm,  Music at 8pm.

Seating is limited.
To reserve a seat and get directions:

RSVP directly to Mick Hargreaves on Facebook, or call The Lantern Sound Recording Rig directly at 631-909-3432. Leave a message.
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Lantern Sound Recording Rig:


GEORGE MANN hails from New York and has been producing labor and protest music for more than 20 years. He has worked with and produced albums featuring such folk music legends as Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton and produced national tours of the US and Australia in honor of the Almanac Singers (2013) and Joe Hill (2015). George brings his experience as a union organizer and educator to his concerts -- stories and songs about real events and the struggle for a better life. He has just released "For the Road and the Sky," his newest CD, and "Until You Come Home: Songs to Heal the Wounds of War," a compilation CD of songs about the effects of war on those who serve.

MICK HARGREAVES' latest digital single "(I've Got) A Guy For That" dropped on the eve of the 2016 US presidential election. It is available as a free download for a limited time at Since the end of 2014, Mick's Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) has operated in a sprawling 1920's farmhouse in the pine barrens of Long Island NY, where he records, rehearses, and holds house concerts. Mick has hosted "The Lantern Sound Rig Stage" at the Montauk Music Festival, Cabin Fever Music Festival, along with the Alive After Five Arts Stage (Patchogue NY), with the Alive on 25 Arts Stage (Riverhead) being added to the busy summer schedule in 2017. 2016 saw the appearance of the song "Rinse and Repeat", a co-write with Rich Arfin and Klyph Black, in the Netflix Judd Apatow series "Love".

THE LANTERN SOUND RECORDING RIG is in a bucolic, historical, three-story, eleven-room farmhouse, where artists can live, eat, and breathe their recording to completion. We are located less than five minutes from the Hampton Jitney, the Long Island Railroad, and the Long Island Expressway in the Eastern Pine Barrens of LI, NY.

We feature a full variety of microphones and mic preamps, Apple Logic® recording software, simple & clean signal paths, a full compliment of drums/amps/instruments. Quick setups, nice comforts, pleasant people, and fantastic vibes are our trademarks.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Confidence Men release new song "Trumpy The Con Man" on #Bandcamp FRI FEB 03 to benefit #ACLU

They came, they recorded a song, they left: THE CONFIDENCE MEN have just dropped a new song called "TRUMPY THE CON MAN" on Bandcamp tonight. The band got SUPER lucky on the timing of this release, as it coincides with Bandcamp's announced donation to the American Civil Liberties Union of one full day's worth of their revenues on Friday Feb 3 2016. Here is an official statement from the band:

"We got this together as a spur of the moment thing. It was fun, but most importantly, The Confidence Men are forwarding revenues from the sales of this performance to the ACLU. It's a "Pay What You Want" download at Bandcamp (including FREE - just enter "0" when prompted), but try to be generous. The ACLU is a great cause and we need them now more than ever. Thanks, everyone."


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mark Mancini, Anthony Maragni, Don Bracken @ LSRR

Busy here yesterday. Co-producer Mark Mancini (L) spent the afternoon getting the Anthony Maragni (C) recordings into mix mode with us, then Mark tracked evening piano parts on the  Hazelton Brothers baby grand for a Don (R) and Rachel Bracken song.